Minerva 58 (1):1-24 (2020)

This project began with the changes in the names of the European Commission’s action plans for the relationship between science and society. Analysing the main relevant documents in the last four European science policy framework programmes, we asked how much terminologies, meanings, and foci of attention have changed. A more detailed look confirms the growing importance attached to this area of intervention and the transformation in the priorities and conceptions orienting these policies. This gradual change not only largely reflects the academic debates on the need for more participatory and dialogical ways of bringing science and society closer together, but also poses new challenges when interpreting the ultimate goals and potential implications of the plans. Issues of governance of science and the transformation of scientific institutions are gaining ground compared to those of science education and public communication of science. Equally clear is the progressive incorporation of the questions of innovation and the markets into this area of political action, in a way reconfiguring the balance between aims related with democracy and participation, on the one hand, and economic competitiveness on the other. The range of social actors involved in these actions has also changed. Employing a discourse that is often vague, these plans tend to call for a certain de-differentiation of the roles traditionally attributed to the various institutions, valuing some, omitting others, and repositioning several.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11024-019-09380-7
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,308
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Past and Future of RRI.Arie Rip - 2014 - Life Sciences, Society and Policy 10 (1).

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Introduction: Changing Media, Changing Politics.Samuel Popkin & Ikuo Kabashima - 2007 - Japanese Journal of Political Science 8 (1):1-6.
Geology in the Nineteenth Century. Changing Views of a Changing World. [REVIEW]Martin Rudwick - 1984 - British Journal for the History of Science 17 (3):314-316.
He Return of Realism? War and Changing Concepts of the Political.Patricia Owens - 2011 - In Hew Strachan & Sibylle Scheipers (eds.), The Changing Character of War. Oxford University Press.
Changing Societal and Executives' Values: Their Impact on Corporate Governance.Scott Lichtenstein & Pat Dade - 2007 - International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 3 (2):179-203.
Changing God, Changing Bodies: The Impact of New Prayer Practices on Elderly Catholic Nuns’ Embodied Experience.Anna I. Corwin - 2012 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 40 (4):390-410.


Added to PP index

Total views
10 ( #800,011 of 2,326,005 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #168,404 of 2,326,005 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes